Does your UST operator certificate expire this year?
The State of Illinois requires all UST operators (Class A, Class B, and Class C) to be retrained every 2 years. The initial training deadline of August 8, 2012 meant that Illinois operators needed to retrain in 2014 and now need to retrain in 2016.
If you trained as an Illinois Class A, Class B, or Class C operator at any time during 2014, your certificate expires this year. Keep in mind that reviewing your existing course does not satisfy the retraining requirement. You must purchase and take the course again and print a new certificate.
If you trained with PASS in 2014, you should have already received—or will receive—e-mail notification that your certificate expires this year. This notification will be sent to the e-mail address associated with your PASS student account if the option to receive training notifications was selected. What if this e-mail address has changed or the company or facility admin has changed? Don’t panic! If you trained at any point in 2014, know that your certification expires this year. You can also take a look at your certificate; the expiration date is printed below the issue date. Still not sure? Give us a call at 866-735-0201 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can look up your current certificate and get you set up for retraining.
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The Washington Department of Ecology (DEC) announced plans to amend its UST regulations (WAC 173-360 WAC). The DEC hopes that in doing so the rules will be easier to understand and use. The rules are there to help prevent the number of spills and releases of petroleum and other hazardous material from rising. The Department of Ecology’s March 2016 Toxics Cleanup Program newsletter states that there are currently around 50 new releases or spills confirmed every year just in the state of Washington. These releases pose a threat to human health and the environment, and can also can pollute our drinking water. That is why it is so important for these rules to be easy to understand and follow by the regulated community. These rule changes will also bring some consistency between the rules and other state and federal laws. For more information visit the DEC’s website.
PASS offers DEC-approved UST Class A/B and C operator training. Click here to register and start training today!
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A New STI Tank Talk brochure has been released for underground storage tank owners. The brochure really focuses on the importance of monitoring water levels inside USTs. Having water inside of your tank can lead to:
- Damage to critical system components like STPs, dispensers, and leak detection components
- Product quality degradation
- Microbal contamination
Many in the industry consider water to be one of the most common and serious threats to the integrity of UST systems today.
Whether or not you have a steel tank at your facility this brochure is definitely worth the read.
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PASS Now Offers Online New York UST Operator Exam Preparation
New York’s Training Deadline is October 11, 2016
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) recently implemented regulations requiring UST operators to be certified by October 11, 2016. Class A/B operators at regulated Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS) and Chemical Bulk Storage (CBS) facilities in the state of New York can become certified by taking and passing the appropriate online exam offered through the NYDEC’s website. There are three different exams.
- The Class A operator exam consists of approximately 65 questions and has a time limit of 2 hours.
- The Class B operator exam consists of approximately 50 questions and has a time limit of 2 hours.
- The Class A/B operator exam consists of approximately 80 questions and has a time limit of 2½ hours.
If you take but do not pass the exam, you must wait 24 hours before retaking the exam. Once you have passed, you will able to print your operator training certificate. You will also be given an Authorization Number, which will need to be included on your UST registration form.
To help UST Class A/B operators prepare for the exam, PASS has thoroughly researched and written an online preparatory course, which is available now. The course synthesizes, explains, and cites New York’s specific UST requirements drawn from:
- Tank IQ, the NYDEC’s exam study guide;
- DER-40, the NYDEC’s operator training policy;
- New York’s PBS regulations (6 NYCRR 613); and
- New York’s CBS regulations (6 NYCRR 596-599).
When you’re ready to prepare for the New York exam, remember that PASS offers you more than just a pdf file directing you to the exam website. This is an actual preparatory course offered through the PASS LMS, which means you can take it at any time using any internet-connected device. There is no special software to download and no taking time out of your busy schedule to attend a classroom training. Let PASS help you prepare for the New York UST operator exam so you can get certified by the deadline.
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Last week, I was lucky enough to get to attend Railsconf 2016, which was held in Kansas City this year. If you aren’t familiar, Railsconf is the world’s largest gathering of Rails developers. This is important for PASS since all of our software products are built using the Rails framework.
This year there were a number of great talks and sessions, including ones focused on the new technology being introduced into the framework, improving data security in applications, and ways to improve your app’s performance. I learned a few new tricks that we will be rolling into the upcoming redesign of PASS Training, but that’s a blog post for another day 🙂
Events like this are great opportunities to see the many different ways that people in a whole host of other industries leverage the same technology we use here at PASS, which in turn helps to give us new perspectives on solving the challenges we face in building the best tools possible for our clients.
After having a bit of time to reflect back on all that I learned, I couldn’t be more energized to continue working to improve our products and services, as well as come up with new ways to delight our customers.
NEW Connecticut UST Operator Training Courses Approved and Available
PASS’ new and improved Connecticut UST operator training courses (Class A/B and Class C) have recently been approved by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). How are they “new” and “improved,” you might ask? Here’s the scoop.
- We have completely rewritten these courses from the ground up, eliminating unnecessary and redundant pages and presenting the information in concise, readable text.
- We have incorporated Connecticut-specific regulations from RCSA 22a-449(d)-108(b), specific requirements (such as notification and temporary and permanent closure requirements), and forms (Certification of Financial Responsibility, UST Monthly Visual Inspection Report, and others).
And remember, if your company requires you to take the International Code Council (ICC) exams for A/B certification, you can use the new PASS course to help you prepare for the exams. For more information, visit our ICC exam page.
Also, summer will be here soon (we hope!), which means boating and water activities. If you own a marina on any of Connecticut’s miles of coastline, you should check out our add-on courses for Class A/B and Class C UST operators at marina facilities. While these courses do not provide operator certification and are designed to be taken in addition to our standard A/B and C courses, they do provide specific information about safe boat fueling practices, marina-specific clean-up procedures, and more.
If you are a Class A or B operator in Connecticut, remember that you are required to conduct a monthly visual inspection of each UST system for which you are designated. The results of each inspection must be recorded on a UST Monthly Visual Inspection Report and maintained at the UST facility for at least three years. In addition, every three years DEEP will conduct a compliance inspection of each UST facility, and you will need to ensure that your paperwork is in order when that happens. PASS Tools can help you record the results of your inspections on the state form, maintain all of your required records, schedule inspections, and send you reminders about important tasks. All of this is available to you through PASS, so try us today!
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We’ve heard that many of our customers are overwhelmed by regulatory demands. Right now in the UST industry, we are more heavily regulated than ever before. PASS’ purpose, in short, is to sift through the mountain of each state’s regulations, condense that into our training and tools, and make those available at the best price. We try to make our products as cost-effective and easy to navigate as possible. But you still have a ton to think about. Recently the National Retail Federation (NRF) conducted a survey asking retailers what their top concerns were. Regulations landed right towards the top of the list. After you review the following links and assets, check out PASS Tools and PASS Training and our 10% Best Price Guarantee. Remember: PASS is here to help you understand and navigate the road to compliance.
The EPA has just released a new edition of its publication Release Detection for Underground Storage Tanks and Piping: Straight Talk on Tanks. More commonly known as Straight Talk on Tanks, this May 2016 update incorporates information and requirements from the 2015 revised federal UST regulations.
One immediately apparent change from the September 1997 version is the use of the term “release detection” in place of “leak detection,” presumably to align the current edition more closely with the language found in the updated regulations. On page 3, the EPA clarifies this change, emphasizing that “a release always reaches the environment” while “regulated substances entering into the interstitial space are leaks instead of releases.”
As with the 1997 edition, the revised Straight Talk on Tanks contains detailed information about each method of release detection and its associated requirements. The 2016 edition includes information on Continuous In-Tank Leak Detection (CITLD) and Statistical Inventory Reconciliation (SIR), which were included in the federal regulations in 2015. The publication also highlights the necessity of retaining site assessment records for facilities using vapor monitoring or groundwater monitoring.
With all of these changes, being proactive and organized with your facility operation, maintenance, and recordkeeping responsibilities is more important than ever. Just remember that PASS Tools can help!
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Wisconsin AST and UST Installers Whose Certification Expires April 30, 2016
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, Bureau of Weights & Measures wants to remind all Aboveground or Underground Tank Installers whose certifications expire on April 30, 2016 to renew their certification as soon as possible. Late renewals will not be accepted.
If you do not apply by the deadline, you must apply for a new certification and meet all of the requirements for a new certification. If you currently have an AST or UST installer certification but do not intend to renew it, you should contact Alicia Clark, Compliance Officer in the Bureau of Weights & Measures at Alicia.email@example.com.
Connecticut DEEP Goes Paperless
The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) now requires all communication with the agency to be paperless. Through the ezFile system, DEEP can accept annual UST Notifications and can process annual Notification fees. You can read all about ezFile and how to use it on the DEEP’s website.